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Countries Which Discovered the Element on the Periodic Table of Elements


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  1. bob says:

    So why is polonium actually called polonium? Because it was discovered by a Polish (french: Pologne) – French married couple, and the name was given on account of the polish co-discoverer. Same story with radium, it was the same polish-french couple, so this is just 2 errors. Similar for ruthenium, the scientist was acutally of german origins. countries don’t discover nothing, its people who do.

    1. Daniel says:

      You are right, Maria Skłodowska-Curie was from Poland, second surname – Curie was from her husband from France, but she was 100% polish.

      1. pole says:

        While she was Polish, she wasn’t from Poland. She was from Congress Poland, puppet state of the Russian Empire, by her time devoid of any autonomy (if someone wants to consider it Poland, they better never again say that Poland “disappeared from the maps for 123 following partitions”).
        So, if the flag shouldn’t be French, it should be Russian. Then again, the author of the info-graphic seems to think that tellurium was discovered “by Romania” simply on the grounds that one it’s independent discovers found it in the samples from today’s Romania (he was Austrian, and there was no Romania to speak of then, while the other one was Hungarian and found it in samples from today’s Hungary and it all happened in the Habsburg Monarchy). So…

        That being said, the info-graphic is useless, like bob said “countries don’t discover nothing, its people who do”. The notion of ascribing those people to contemporary countries, while many of them lived centuries ago is moot, ridiculous and error-prone. It also hides many controversies and intricacies, like that fact that it’s highly disputed that Lavoisier discovered oxygen independently or that Jean Charles Galissard de Marignac didn’t isolate gadolinium, Paul Emile Lecoq de Boisbaudran – a French (de Marignac realized a certain oxide was an oxide of this new, at the time not isolated, element). Etc.

        TL;DR: This info-graphic is stupid.

        1. Greg says:

          Still error is an error. Anyway despite the Kingdom of Poland was in real union with Russian Empire, it had its own flag and coat of arms. Tsar of Russia was a king of Poland. Kingdom of Poland was incorporated to Russia after 1831 when autonomy was suspended and vastly reduced. Finally after January Upraising(1863) autonomy was removed. But you are right about the flag, if not French it should be Russian. I completely agree with you, this info graphic is useless.

        2. sobo says:

          if someone was born in Greece during Garman occupation, he comes from Germany?

    2. David says:

      Don’t forget about radium!

    3. Dobry says:

      Also Radium was discovered by Maria Skłodowska-Curie and her husband.

    4. 4ward says:

      Stupid title – Countries do not make discoveries – People do.

  2. Marcin says:

    Does DI know where is Poland btw?

  3. Trecco says:

    Polon and Rad? Why Romania and France? Hahahah, who this write?

  4. Null says:

    That inaccuracy, you must google stuff better when creating these charts, folks.

  5. pasazer says:

    You forgot, that Oxygen was first described by polish alchemist Michał Sędziwój in 16th/17th century…

    Addtionally, this pic is a crap… If someone lived in France or UK, it doesn’t mean that they were french or british.
    People make discovers, countries don’t.

  6. PELE says:

    Sorry but POLISH Maria Skłodowska-Curie discovered rad and polon but she did it in France not in Poland :)

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